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  • Prevention of Genetically Engineered Organisms | Environment Council of Rhode Island
    must support JavaScript to view this content Please enable JavaScript in your browser settings then try again Events calendar powered by Trumba See the Whole Opportunities Calendar 2015 2016 Environmental Priorities Selected 2016 environmental bills ECRI has not necessarily taken a stand on these bills See the bills that ECRI had positions on in the Legislative Agenda for 2015 User login Username Password Request new password Prevention of Genetically Engineered Organisms PREVENTION OF GENETICALLY ENGINEERED ORGANISMS FROM CONTAMINATING RHODE ISLAND S BIODIVERSITY Pub Date Wednesday January 8 2003 Whereas genetically engineered organisms on the market have not and are not presently undergoing independent safety testing by the federal government see FDA website and Whereas there are presently only eight peer reviewed published studies regarding the human health effects of genetically engineered organisms and Whereas the federal government is allowing agro chemical corporations to conduct pre market safety evaluations of genetically engineered organisms see EPA FDA and USDA websites and Whereas these same corporations have a long history of knowingly releasing dangerous products such as DDT Agent Orange and PCBs that have been subsequently recalled only after damage has taken place and Whereas genetically engineered organisms once released cannot be recalled or recaptured see the work of Jon King Professor of Biology at MIT and other scientists and Whereas the contamination of non genetically engineered crops by genetically engineered crops has cost United States conventional and organic farmers millions of dollars in economic losses see cropchoice com and Whereas the process of genetic engineering can introduce new allergens and plant toxins into the food supply and the environment see the work of the Council for Responsible Genetics and Whereas the release of genetically engineered organisms into the environment has already resulted in the creation of superweeds and may harm non target

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  • Privatization of Public Water Supplies and Systems | Environment Council of Rhode Island
    80 million people every year with a projected population of 13 billion in 2050 under current rates and Whereas humans use over half of all available freshwater with the use and misuse of water resources resulting in less free and clean water to support wildlife and maintain healthy ecosystems and Whereas bottled water usage has grown in consumption 84 fold 1million to 84 million liters in the past 30 years and consumes 1 5 million tons of plastics yearly emitting toxic chemicals when produced when transported or delivered releases pollutants lowering air quality or contributing to global warming and many areas do not have effective recycling programs to handle the solid waste generated and Whereas water is also an important factor in social cultural ecological health and transportation functions that cannot be fully protected by pure market based forces therefore requiring strong governmental oversight and regulation and application of strong public interest standards and Whereas privatization of water resources come in an array of possible management arrangements which may lead to substantive concerns over threats to watersheds foreign control over our natural resource inequities in access of social groups to basic water needs or the exclusion of local communities in decisions on the management costs and quality of their natural water resources Whereas there is a movement in many countries fostered by international aid and international financial institutions banks and trade advocates requiring the privatization of public water supplies and services as conditions of international loans or restructuring of a country s debts and Whereas existing international instruments such as the North American Free Trade Agreement NAFTA Canadian United States Free Trade Agreement CUFTA and the World Trade Organization WTO with rules generated through its General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade GATT or its General Agreement on Trade and Services GATS are being employed by some investors and corporations to acquire or access water supplies and services across national boundaries and Whereas the forthcoming Free Trade Area of the Americas FTAA will be built around the investment rules and principles developed in NAFTA it will further allow corporations to sue governments for regulations the corporations consider regulatory takings such as environmental standards or habitat protections and Whereas there are several international corporations leading the movement toward privatization of water management systems such as Vivendi Suez and RWE Thames each with United States subsidiaries Now therefore be it resolved that the Environment Council of Rhode Island calls on policy makers to declare the Earth s water supply is now and forever a global commons to be protected and nurtured by all peoples and governments of every level and Be it further resolved that the Environment Council of RI calls on its state legislators and congressmen to develop water policies that protect water resources in sufficient quantity and quality to support human and ecosystem watershed health and institute a moratorium on export and diversion of any non renewable water resources pending the development and implementation of a conservation based regime governing all

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  • Water Conservation Ordinances | Environment Council of Rhode Island
    browser must support JavaScript to view this content Please enable JavaScript in your browser settings then try again Events calendar powered by Trumba Opportunities Your browser must support JavaScript to view this content Please enable JavaScript in your browser settings then try again Events calendar powered by Trumba See the Whole Opportunities Calendar 2015 2016 Environmental Priorities Selected 2016 environmental bills ECRI has not necessarily taken a stand on these bills See the bills that ECRI had positions on in the Legislative Agenda for 2015 User login Username Password Request new password Water Conservation Ordinances Pub Date Wednesday November 6 2002 Whereas the Southern New England region is in an extended drought period impacting water levels in the Scituate Reservoir which supplies approximately sixty percent of the state s users and Whereas water conservation measures need to become a standard practice for all users to extend the water resources available before extreme supply and demand management actions become necessary and Whereas the increasing number of municipalities in the state drawing all or part of their water from the Pawtuxet River Watershed which includes the Scituate Reservoir system operated by the Providence Water Supply Board has led to excessive out of basin transfers and Whereas Rhode Island General Law 46 15 5 3 states The Providence Water Supply Board shall release a minimum of nine million gallons of water per day into the Pawtuxet River from the Scituate Reservoir and Whereas the proper operation of necessary commercial and industrial enterprises wastewater treatment facilities and natural aquatic systems are dependant upon minimal flows and Whereas excessive amounts of water are routinely used to irrigate lawns in these out of basin communities Now therefore be it resolved that the Environment Council Of Rhode Island calls upon all municipalities drawing water from the Scituate

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  • Establishment of Marine Protected Areas in RI Waters | Environment Council of Rhode Island
    stand on these bills See the bills that ECRI had positions on in the Legislative Agenda for 2015 User login Username Password Request new password Establishment of Marine Protected Areas in RI Waters Pub Date Wednesday March 6 2002 Whereas the Environment Council of Rhode Island is on record as supporting protection and conservation of marine resources and the vitality of Rhode Island s commercial and recreational marine fisheries and Whereas there is a growing consensus in the scientific and fisheries management communities that Marine Protected Areas MPAs represent a valuable management tool in conjunction with other management approaches for protecting critical nursery and grow out habitat for marine organisms including marine fish stocks and Whereas MPAs are geographically defined as areas where human activities are limited temporarily or permanently to help protect defined resources or resource uses and Whereas MPAs may include marine reserves or no take zones where the removal or disturbance of some or all living resources is completely prohibited in order protect biodiversity and provide undisturbed areas for research fishery reserves to restore and protect fish stocks and habitat restoration areas to facilitate recovery of damaged seabeds and Whereas MPAs may also include marine parks management areas or blueways to protect key migratory routes or haul out areas where commercial and or recreational access is permitted to the extent these uses are consistent with the underlying goals of the MPA and Whereas the size and location of the MPAs should be determined based on the conservation needs of Rhode Island and neighboring coastal states based on information provided by the RIDEM and other research management and conservation organizations in collaboration with stakeholders including environmental advocacy groups and Whereas the timing is appropriate to begin a legislatively mandated process of identifying the benefits of establishing MPAs in

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  • India Point Park Protection and Expansion | Environment Council of Rhode Island
    login Username Password Request new password India Point Park Protection and Expansion Pub Date Tuesday December 4 2001 Whereas India Point Park is an informal natural open space where a diverse population enjoys Providence s only public access to the shoreline with a view of Narragansett Bay and Whereas the new Route 195 bridge over the Providence River will be moved much closer to the park and India Street bordering the park will become a heavily traveled access road to the highway resulting in an exponential increase in traffic congestion noise and fumes impinging on the park and Whereas the federal highway system principally administered by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation RIDOT within the state mandates mitigation for increased traffic in the park and the mitigation planned by RIDOT is nowhere near commensurate with the impact of the proposed increased traffic and Whereas a major RIDOT selling point for the hurricane barrier route for relocating Route 195 was that it would allow completion of the 1992 Old Harbor Plan connecting India Point Park to the riverwalks and Whereas the Old Harbor Plan has not been updated and public involvement as well as coordination among state and city agencies planning for the park s future has been seriously deficient and Whereas Friends of India Point Park FIPP a group of over one hundred citizens actively working on behalf of the park has created a vision for expanding the park entitled Fox s Point Gateway to the Renaissance City that would create a continuous waterfront park stretching from Olneyville through Waterplace Park and the riverwalks to a larger India Point Park and a network of planned and existing bike paths and Whereas FIPP s vision would make Fox s Point the maritime focal point for Providence with working tug boats ferry

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  • International Walk to School Day | Environment Council of Rhode Island
    browser must support JavaScript to view this content Please enable JavaScript in your browser settings then try again Events calendar powered by Trumba Opportunities Your browser must support JavaScript to view this content Please enable JavaScript in your browser settings then try again Events calendar powered by Trumba See the Whole Opportunities Calendar 2015 2016 Environmental Priorities Selected 2016 environmental bills ECRI has not necessarily taken a stand on these bills See the bills that ECRI had positions on in the Legislative Agenda for 2015 User login Username Password Request new password International Walk to School Day Pub Date Wednesday September 5 2001 Whereas Americans took less than six percent of their trips on foot and Whereas for each mile traveled walking is 36 times more dangerous than driving and over 300 times more dangerous than flying and Whereas the American Medical Association recommends walking or bicycling for health and Whereas the health effects of not walking directly affect children as well as adults and about 60 percent of obese children have risk factors that will probably translate into chronic diseases as adults and Whereas it is critical to teach children to look left right left before crossing streets and to cross at designated crossings whenever possible and Whereas children are at greatest risk as pedestrians roughly 5 700 pedestrians are killed by automobiles every year and nearly 30 000 are injured of these almost one third 30 are children under the age of 15 yet they represent only about 15 of the US population and Whereas the physical environment does impact how much residents can and will walk in research comparing communities with suburban sprawl to traditional communities it was found there were three times as many pedestrian trips in the communities designed with pedestrians in mind and Whereas

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  • Improved Urban and Community Tree Care | Environment Council of Rhode Island
    the Legislative Agenda for 2015 User login Username Password Request new password Improved Urban and Community Tree Care Pub Date Wednesday September 5 2001 Whereas abundant photographic evidence has been presented that the common practice of builders of new homes and other real estate development in the state is to drastically reduce topsoil and upset tree root systems to the degree that excessive tree mortality occurs in one to five years upon the completion of construction of new properties and Whereas the nursery and landscape businesses in the state often improperly plant young trees by placing their root collars too high or too low in relation to grade level as well as by placing excessive mulch mounds causing lower trunk bark to rot thereby causing excessive young tree morbidity and mortality and Whereas the Rhode Island Department of Transportation the state s utility industries and their contractors often conduct pruning practices of public trees without using best management practice standards or having sensitivity to the requests of property owners and local tree groups and Whereas Congress mandated that a designated nonprofit organization that has an independent voice be a partner with state government in implementing the federally funded state urban forestry program and the designated nonprofit organization in Rhode Island receives less than one quarter of the annual federal appropriation and is improperly housed within the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and Whereas the state urban forestry program could be substantially improved in relation to arborist licensing local grants administration and implementing the Rhode Island Urban and Community Forest Plan adopted by the State Planning Council in May 1999 Now therefore be it resolved that the Environment Council of Rhode Island 1 Calls on the Rhode Island General Assembly s Standing Committee on Environmental Accountability to form a task

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  • Mercury Reduction and Elimination | Environment Council of Rhode Island
    Trumba Opportunities Your browser must support JavaScript to view this content Please enable JavaScript in your browser settings then try again Events calendar powered by Trumba See the Whole Opportunities Calendar 2015 2016 Environmental Priorities Selected 2016 environmental bills ECRI has not necessarily taken a stand on these bills See the bills that ECRI had positions on in the Legislative Agenda for 2015 User login Username Password Request new password Mercury Reduction and Elimination Pub Date Wednesday March 14 2001 Whereas mercury pollution is a serious environmental and human health problem in the United States and Whereas each year as many as ten million U S women of childbearing age are exposed to elevated methylmercury levels sufficient to affect the brain development of their babies and Whereas as many as three million children in the U S have elevated blood mercury levels and Whereas humans are exposed to mercury primarily through the consumption of contaminated freshwater fish and seafood and this contamination comes from a variety of sources the single largest of which is coal fired power plants and Whereas municipal and medical waste incinerators emit mercury when they burn mercury containing products and Whereas mercury emitted to the atmosphere eventually winds up in lakes and streams resulting in contamination of fish and Whereas the health effects from eating mercury contaminated fish can be very severe to pregnant women women of childbearing age and young children who are at particular risk and are advised to avoid consumption of certain species of fish and Whereas the developing nervous systems of fetuses and children are highly sensitive to the toxic effects of mercury and its exposure that may have severe impacts such as mental retardation visual and mobility disturbances and language attention and memory impairment and Whereas Providence s rain was found

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